Ciara O' Shea from Athea pictured with Ciara O'Shea from Rathkeale at a football match in Athea recently

Con Colbert Memorial Hall

 Fund Raising Concert


The dates have been set. On October 16th, 22nd and 23rd at 8:15pm the community of Athea will stage a variety concert featuring the best of local talent drawn from Athea Church Choir, Athea Drama Group, Foroige Youth Club, Wren boys, Irish dancers and many more individuals never before on stage. Some comedy acts will leave the audience rolling on the floor with laughter…..and that’s guaranteed! Please come along, spread the word, bring a friend and support our community hall as we endeavour to pay off the outstanding loan on the hall for once and for all. A raffle will also take place on each night. Children welcome. A night not to be missed!!!


Gala West Limerick Fashion Show


The West Limerick Fashion Show in aid of the Invalid Section of the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Thursday, October 6th. Models from the Celia Holman Lee Model Agency will model clothes from shops in West Limerick and North Kerry. Cheese and Wine Reception 7.30pm. Show will start at 8pm sharp. There will be many valuable spot prizes. Tickets €10 each. Tickets can be bought at the door on the night.




Comhaltas  Music Classes

Enrolment for traditional music classes will take place at the Top of the Town (front room) at 7pm on Monday next, Oct. 10th

Beginners welcome as well as improvers.


St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s



The monthly meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society will take place on Monday next October 10th after Mass. All are welcome.


Church Gate Collection


In aid of the Irish Epilepsy Association this weekend Saturday 8th/Sunday 9th October at all Masses. Your support would be very much appreciated.



Athea Drama Group AGM


The AGM will  take place on this Wednesday, October 5th at 8.00pm in the Con Colbert Community Hall. Everyone is welcome particularly anybody interested in becoming a member.


Notes From West Limerick Resources



West Limerick Resources will host an information evening for those currently, or interested in becoming, involved in the Horse Sport Sector (excluding the race horse sector).  Providing information on the funding and supports available, speakers on the night will include representatives from West Limerick Resources, Horse Sport Ireland and Teagasc.  Representatives of Shannon Development will also be present. Venue: The Courtenay Lodge Hotel, Newcastle West.  Date: Thursday, October 6 at 7.30pm.  Admission Free.  All are Welcome.  Contact: Morgan Boohan on 069 66290 or email [email protected]



Basic computer classes will be offered to people in receipt of Social Welfare payments starting this September.  Taught by volunteer tutors and running over six week courses for 1½ hours per week in Tournafulla this initiative aims to help people increase their confidence and ability to use computers and the internet. Participants will only be asked to pay a nominal charge to cover venue hire.  For further information or to book a place contact Irene at West Limerick Resources at 069 66298.



Burnt out-from looking for a job? Interested in joining a group of people going through the same thing? The Newcastle West Jobseekers Network was set up last year to provide a peer support network. In the past year, members have taken part in horticulture classes, personal development sessions and a fitness  Bootcamp.  We are now working on ideas and suggestions for activities over this coming Autumn and Winter. Anyone interested in joining or looking for more information about the group can contact David on: 069 61316 or 087 9109309.  We are also planning to set up a similar group in the Abbeyfeale area.   Contact Ed on 068 32444 or 087 329 0483



Those wishing to learn how to access services for those with Learning Difficulties and Special Educational Needs are invited to drop into an information evening that will take place in the Newcastle West Community Centre, on Thursday October 6th, from 2-8pm.  Featuring a Range of locally based services & voluntary support groups, it is open to parents, guardians, teachers & students who have special educational needs. Children Welcome to attend as entertainment will be available at the event! For further information contact Theresa on 069 79113



Rainbows is a free support group for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years that is designed to assist children and youths who are grieving a death, separation or any other painful transition or change in their family. The new application forms for the autumn 2011 programme are now available from Dearbhla or Nora in the WLR Abbeyfeale office on 068 32444.   If you have an application form completed but not yet returned please do so as soon as possible




West Limerick Resources Office in Abbeyfeale provides a comprehensive range of information on supports & services in the West Limerick area; we also provide Citizen’s Information support, access to the Rural Employment Service, FAS Jobs Club and West Limerick Resources supports. Please call in or phone us in confidence on 068 32444.



The HSE National Immunisation Office is urging parents to make sure that their children are fully vaccinated against measles following a large pan national outbreak of the disease in Europe. Measles is a highly infectious and dangerous illness which spreads very easily, particularly in homes, crèches, playgroups, camps, schools and universities.  So far, 110 cases of measles have been reported in Ireland since January 2011.  Parents should speak with their GP and get the vaccine for their child if needed. The vaccine is free.



Now back following their summer recess, the Parent and Toddler group meets each Thursday from 9.30am to 12pm in An Glorach Theatre, Abbeyfeale (Beside Daycare Centre). New parents and toddlers are always welcome.  The cost is €3 per session.



If you are interested in joining a Young Mums Social and Support Group that will meet on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in West Limerick Resources Office, Abbeyfeale  please call Mary 087 938288.